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Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Handicap Chase Final (Grade B)

  • Prize money: £31327.43
  • 2m 7f 110y
  • 12 runners
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Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Handicap Chase Final (Grade B)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £14.10
  • Place: £3.80

Form: -90884

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Handicap hurdle winner off 98 over 2m at Naas a year ago, now 0-5 chasing, some late headway in 2m4f Gowran handicap last time; may improve and could go close if getting the trip.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

10

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 124y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Better Times Ahead

10st 13lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Robert Tyner

Was much improved when stepping up in trip to almost 3m at Navan just over a year ago, landing a valuable novice handicap on heavy ground; entitled to have needed Gowran return after 11 months off and he's dangerous given his unexposed profile.

6/1

6th

4

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:35 Gowran Park

Better Times Ahead

11st 1lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Robert Tyner

Chasing last season, ending campaign when bolting up in 3m Grade B novice handicap at Navan in March (heavy); 12lb higher now and market likely best guide to his readiness after 11 months absence.

11/2

4

9th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 80y

16:40 Cork

Better Times Ahead

11st 9lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Robert Tyner

Has been chasing of late and bolted up in the Grade B novice handicap chase final at Navan last month; now 11lb well in over hurdles and will be hard to beat if coming here in the same form.

3/1

12/1

  • Place: £4.40

Form: 623422 BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Now 0-10 chasing but overall consistent, going closest when just touched off by Temptationinmilan over C&D last month; kept on to chase home a clear-cut winner at Leopardstown (amateur handicap) a fortnight ago; should go well again.

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6th

9

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

Galon De Vauzelle

10st 10lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: P J Rothwell

held up in rear

10/1

9/2

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 1222U1 CD

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

More experienced than most of these over fences and was recording second win when just holding Galon De Vauzelle over C&D last month (pair clear of Brampton Belle); 8lb rise may just prevent a follow-up here.

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9th

7

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 193y

16:50 Thurles

Temptationinmilan

11st 5lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Stays well as he showed when winning a 3m handicap chase at Navan 13 months ago; well below his best over fences this season, though signs of a return to form when fifth over 3m4f at Leopardstown last time; runs off 15lb lower in this sphere, chance has to be taken seriously.

3/1

5th

4

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 61y

16:35 Leopardstown

Temptationinmilan

11st 5lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

in touch with leaders, mistake 8th, prominent halfway, briefly led 13th, disputed lead when mistake and lost ground 15th

12/1

7th

9

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 7f 76y

Class 2

14:15 Musselburgh

Temptationinmilan

10st 11lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

in touch with leaders in centre of group

8/1

Form: -94114 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Two wins from four starts over fences include a narrow defeat of Shantreusse over a similar trip at Punchestown; unable to cope with rise in class in Grade 2 Ten Up Novice here on latest; tough enough task on handicap debut.

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4th

4

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Must Be Obeyed

11st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

mounted in chute, raced wide, led narrowly or disputed lead early, raced in second from 3rd, lost second but prominent after 6th, went second again after 11th, led again 12th

6/1

8th

8

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Must Be Obeyed

10st 13lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

soon led, jumped slightly left 7th, mistake 5 out, joined 3 out

14/1

3rd

2

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 24y

13:50 Punchestown

Must Be Obeyed

11st 11lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

mounted in chute, led, faced challenges and joined before last, headed from last, no extra towards finish, lost second final strides

6/1

Form: 4-10F9 D

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Second-season novice went up 9lb for beating subsequent Paddy Power winner Real Steel on his seasonal debut at Galway; well beaten in the Troytown here and in Thyestes at Gowran when quite keen; headgear combination tried now and drops in grade.

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12th

17

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Flash De Touzaine

11st 1lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: Liz Doyle

Won at Galway (2m6f, soft to heavy) in October 2022 and last season ended with highly creditable third in the Scottish National (4m, good); however, he's struggled on both runs this season; return to form is needed.

66/1

0

29

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Flash De Touzaine

10st 6lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Liz Doyle

never better than midfield, weakened from 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

33/1

0

5

5th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 4f 0y

15:15 Cork

Flash De Touzaine

10st 10lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Liz Doyle

prominent, not fluent 1st, weakened before 3 out, no chance when mistake and unseated 2 out

8/1

Form: 11/542 C

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won a point-to-point and both starts over hurdles for Gordon Elliott two seasons ago; off for a long time before well held on his first two starts over fences behind high-class novices; showed more when second over 2m4f in first-time cheekpieces at Naas, last fence mistake not helping his cause; tongue-tie added today and upped in trip for handicap debut.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

1

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

Percy Warner

11st 12lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders

10/1

6th

21

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Percy Warner

10st 0lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Lightly raced and seems to need soft ground; decisive winner of a 2m5f handicap chase at Cork in November (Riaan third); 2lb wrong but a case can be made for him.

12/1

1st

6

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Cork

Percy Warner

11st 0lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear, headway 4 out, went fourth 3 out, challenging 2 out, ridden and led narrowly last, pushed out and went clear towards finish

11/2

Form: 950772

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Both hurdle wins last season came at 2m4f; yet to reach similar heights after six attempts chasing; put up a more encouraging run last month in first-time cheekpieces when just touched off in 2m5f Fairyhouse handicap, keeping on strongly in the closing stages; good chance of staying this longer trip on that evidence and nicely weighted.

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14th

8

12th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 56y

13:30 Punchestown

Priory Park

11st 7lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: E J O’Grady

Only two wins came back-to-back around this time two years ago; has been raced almost exclusively over hurdles in the past 14 months and has become undependable.

25/1

0

10

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

15:25 Cork

Priory Park

11st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: E J O’Grady

prominent

14/1

0

16

6th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

19:25 Tipperary

Priory Park

11st 3lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: E J O’Grady

prominent

12/1

Form: 3-4F33

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Both hurdles wins came at 2m but best of four attempts chasing when upped in trip on latest in 2m4f Gowran beginners'; possibly has more to offer upped further in trip here.

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9th

5

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

Slip Of The Tongue

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Padraig Roche

towards rear, in touch with leaders but reminder 4th

8/1

5th

3

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:00 Naas

Slip Of The Tongue

11st 12lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

raced in third behind clear leaders, raced in fourth after 3rd, dropped to rear before 5 out

7/1

7th

11

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Slip Of The Tongue

10st 10lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Padraig Roche

Both hurdle wins came at 2m; best chase run when third behind Grandero Bello and Macs Charm over 2m4f at Gowran; tried a longer trip last time and not as effective; Gowran run potentially puts him in the mix.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 10-425 D

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Grade 3 hurdle winner this time last year over 3m on heavy; has run well in defeat over fences this term although latest C&D effort was below best; cheekpieces on now for handicap debut; others look better handicapped.

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7th

16

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Shantreusse

10st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Made it 0-7 over fences when 13l runner-up in Naas handicap (2m4f, soft to heavy) in February, and Rachael Blackmore rides stablemate Life In The Park; however, he jumped well in front last time and could be the type to relish the National fences; could have a part to play for leading Irish yard.

16/1

2nd

2

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

Shantreusse

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, led 4th

11/2

7th

15

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Shantreusse

10st 6lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Grade 3 novice hurdle winner at Clonmel two seasons ago; stays 3m well; failed to convince as a novice chaser last season, but made a pleasing handicap debut when 9l second over an extended 2m4f at Navan.

10/1

Form: 505221 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Gained breakthrough win in 2m7f Thurles maiden hurdle last month after promising several times; 0-4 chasing earlier in the season but has always appeared a chasing type and this stamina test could suit him down to the ground.

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9th

8

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Yeah Man

11st 4lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, prominent 4 out, mistake and weakened 3 out, jumped badly left last

9/1

1st

7

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Yeah Man

10st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made debut under rules (ran in just one point) in October 2022; seen mostly over fences and was rallying strongly when he fell at the final fence in a major Ascot handicap (3m, soft) in November this term; again found his stride late on over that same C&D (good) in December, this time getting away with a last-fence error and running on into second; cheekpieces go on; probably acts on heavy going; second over 3m2f last May and looks the type to come into his own now over 3m4f, barring mishaps.

11/2

2nd

10

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Yeah Man

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made debut under rules (after just one run in a point) last October; seen mostly over fences and was in the process of showing improved form when he fell at the final fence in major C&D handicap (soft) seven weeks ago, outpaced from six out but rallying strongly up the straight and only 2l down on Victtorino when departing; should prove well suited by further in due course but only 2lb higher today and has a big shout barring mishaps.

11/2

Form: 5-3543 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Listed winner over hurdles; pick of four attempts chasing when making the frame in handicaps at Punchestown and when third to Temptationinmilan and Galon De Vauzelle over today's C&D last month, seeing trip out well.

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2nd

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

16:25 Fairyhouse

Brampton Belle

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

chased clear leader, not fluent 5th, headway 7th, weakened from 3 out

4/1

8th

9

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Brampton Belle

11st 2lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: Henry De Bromhead

Still a maiden chaser after six attempts but made a very encouraging seasonal debut at Galway (2m6f, heavy) three weeks ago, keeping on well from the rear for third; shapes as though stamina is her strong suit, so today's test could be ideal.

10/1

Form: U15P42

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Wide-margin winner of beginners' event at Clonmel in December but mixed form since, more encouraging run latest when chasing home an odds-on shot in 2m4f Naas novice handicap; hood now tried and not certain he'll relish this stamina test.

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0

22

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Jody Ted

10st 11lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Eoin Griffin

towards rear, unseated 8th

12/1

1st

12

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

Jody Ted

10st 0lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Eoin Griffin

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, mistake 5th, pressed leaders 5 out

6/1

1st

5

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:50 Limerick

Jody Ted

11st 10lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Eoin Griffin

Decent record after a break and will handle the ground; plenty of creditable efforts in valuable, and better-contested, handicaps last term after winning at Clonmel and this race represents a nice opportunity for him to land a good pot.

100/30

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Payout
Exacta €1658.00
Straight Forecast €1441.20
Tricast €17209.10
Trifecta €20321.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Jody Ted

The Irish Sun:

Better Times Ahead

POSTDATA:

Brampton Belle

SPOTLIGHT:

Priory Park

TOPSPEED:

Jody Ted